, TOKYO, Japan, Oct 6 – Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma is in Japan for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) VII Ministerial Meetings which ends on Sunday.
The meeting is co-organized by United Nations Development programme (UNDP), the World Bank and Africa Union Commission and United Nations.
Ministers from 54 African Countries are gathering to discuss the implementation of TICAD V and VI actions and prepare for the TICAD VII Summit to be held in Yokohama, Japan, from 28 to 30 August 2019.
During her visit in Tokyo, Amb. Juma will hold bilateral talks with Hon Taro Kono, her Japanese counterpart, Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Shinichi Kitaoka, President of the Japanese Agency of Cooperation (JICA) among other high-ranking officials in talks aimed at strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation between Kenya and Japan. Kenya will also seek support and participation in the High Level Sustainable Blue Economy Conference on 26-28 November 2018.
TICAD is a conference held regularly to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners. Some of the key programmes Kenya is undertaking through this partnership are energy, transport infrastructure, health among other sectorial initiatives.
TICAD was inaugurated in 1993 and the series have included: TICAD I (1993); TICAD II (1998); TICAD III (2003); TICAD IV (2008); TICAD V (2013), and lastly TICAD VI, which took place for the first time outside Japan, in Kenya in August 2016.